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    How to label/mark my prints?

    Hi All,

    I've been experimenting with a 35mm negative, printing on ilford VC paper, 8x10 on a V35 enlarger to get a feel for the image before printing larger.

    My newbie question is: how can I mark my prints with some exposure and setting data prior to development? I print 6 at a time sometimes in a jobo, and being able to isolate an images settings would be great. Red marker? Just something subtle on the bottom or something would be great!
    Many thanks, AD

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    Possibly answering my own question, but my local shop told me: sharpie marker on a discrete corner for VC papers, number 2 pencil on FB papers will work like a champ. No bleed!

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    Soft pencil on the back of the print.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    I keep a printing journal with all detalis, paper, exposure, development, D&B etc., and each print gets a number (like: 12-123, saying that it was print #123 made year 2012) on the back with an ordinary (soft OK) pencil for FB, and some kind of ordinary marker on RC paper. For test strips/prints I just write all the nec. details on the back.
    /Bertil

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    Crayon on the back of the print.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    I use soft pencil like 4B and I write on back, outside the image area. You CAN write on front with sharpie if you want. I have seen processing chemicals and washing process dissolves some of the sharpie ink. Pencil works for me very well.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    A 2B pencil, blunted on the back.
    A Sharpie is too much like attacking your print with graffiti.
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    I second the 2B pencil, not really pointed, on the back. The information survives in the chemicals and the final wash.

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    I always use a red or black wax pencil.
    Rachelle

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    For trial prints I'm making in batches, I use my fingernail to make a notch in the very edge of the print.

    A notch in one corner, two corners on in the center of an edge is enough to differentiate pieces of paper for me, even in the dark.
    I keep notes on a sheet of paper and reference them to the notches I make. When they are developed, I can look back on my notes and see which is which.

    At the end, when I find the exposure/development combination I like I copy my notes to the back of the print using a pencil.
    Randy S.

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